Friday June 12, 2015
Gardens Point Road
Maree Madden and Michelle Stark
Language/ Cultural Consultant
Wisdom of Compassion
Every one of us wants to avoid suffering and gain happiness. This in turn, is based on the valid feeling of I, which determines the universal desire for happiness. Indeed all beings are born with similar desires and should have an equal right to fulfill them. Further, the Tibetan Buddhist tradition teaches us to view all sentient beings as our dear mothers and to show our gratitude by loving them all. For according to Buddhist theory, we are born and reborn countless numbers of times and it is conceivable that each being has been our parent at some time or another. In this way all human beings in the universe share a family relationship. Whether one believes in religion or not, there is no one who does not appreciate love and compassion.
Right from the moment of our birth, we are under the care and kindness of our parents; later in life, when facing the sufferings of disease and old age, we are again dependent on the kindness of others. If at the beginning and end of our lives we depend upon others kindness, why then in the middle should we not act with compassion towards others?
Love and compassion are the moral fabric of world peace. The type of compassion we must strive to cultivate in ourselves, we must develop from a limited amount to the limitless. The kind of love we should advocate is the wider love that you can have even for someone who has done harm to you – your enemy.
During this talk, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will talk about how, if everyone you met, regardless of their relationship to you, is treated by you with compassion in your heart, you yourself will generate a calmness and presence of mind. The practice of compassion and wisdom is useful to all, especially to those responsible for offering it to others. This is the Wisdom of Compassion.
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